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Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind (1901)

by Richard Maurice Bucke

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A very special book predating much of the work and insights of later psychologists like Maslow and scholars like Aldous Huxley and Huston Smith. ( )
  georgee53 | Jun 7, 2018 |
"Morris Pratt" Institute required reading
  CSL_Library | Nov 4, 2016 |
Describes man's increasing self-consciousness and his consciousness of his place in the universe -- the evolution of the human mind.
  PendleHillLibrary | Sep 15, 2016 |
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1 vote Your_local_coyote | Dec 29, 2013 |
Bucke was a mystical genius who had a direct experience of the transcendent nature of reality. One of a few people who expeerience this, Bucke spent the rest of his life exploring its meaning and wrote his magnum opus, Cosmic Consciousness. It is themost genuine account of mystical experience captured in the West in the form of a book. ( )
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Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born anew he cannot see the kingdom of God.
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Acclaimed by William James as "an addition to psychology of first-rate importance," this pioneering work constitutes a classic modern study of the mystical experience. Author Richard Maurice Bucke, a distinguished progressive psychiatrist, explores the phenomenon of transcendent realization, or illumination. Bucke draws upon his firsthand experience of a life-altering insight to explore the theory of cosmic consciousness, an advance in mental evolution with the potential to raise existence to a higher plane.
As valuable today as it was upon its 1901 publication, this landmark survey treats illumination from the standpoint of psychology, as a rare but definite and well-documented mental condition. It cites instances of sudden enlightenment experienced by mystics, philosophers, writers, and artists throughout history, noting an increasing frequency of episodes consistent with an evolutionary trend. Numerous case studies offer intriguing, real-life particulars of people and their personal epiphanies — from Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed, to Dante, William Blake, Walt Whitman, and lesser-known individuals. A work of uplift and promise, this book offers readers a vista of extraordinary possibilities and a renewed capacity for hope and wonder.
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First published in 1901, this work is an investigation of the development of man's mystic relation to the infinite. In reviewing the mental and spiritual activity of the human race, Dr Bucke postulates that at intervals, certain individuals have appeared who are gifted with the powers of transcendent realization, or illumination. He proposes that these experiences are on the increase and gives details of all the cases on record at the time of writing.

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A classic investigation of the development of man's mystic relation to the infinite.

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